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Minnesota man accused of raping woman who uses wheelchair

Anthony Jones

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of an alleged sexual assault of a woman who uses a wheelchair.

Anthony Parnell Jones, 27, made his first appearance Thursday, April 18, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Bail was set at $40,000 for unconditional release and $5,000 for conditional release.

Jones’ next court date is scheduled for April 29.

Jones is accused of raping a woman while he had reason to know she was physically helpless and mentally impaired.

The alleged assault took place Jan. 18 in a Willmar apartment. The woman is wheelchair bound due to disabilities, according to court records. The woman and Jones had known each other for a few months when she visited his apartment Jan. 17. The woman said she spoke with Jones at his door, and he gave her a beer.

Jones allegedly invited her in for another drink and pulled his pants down when she was inside the apartment. When she told him to pull his pants up, the woman said, Jones allegedly tried to push her face toward his genitals. She told him to leave her alone.

Jones allegedly kept offering drinks to the woman and said he wanted to have sex with her. When the woman went to use the bathroom, she was dizzy and fell to the floor. According to the criminal complaint, Jones raped her while she was lying face down on the bathroom floor.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones told police that the woman fell in the bathroom and could not get up, so he called for help.

When police officers arrived, they found the woman partially unclothed on the bathroom floor and took her to the emergency room.

Jones denied having sexual contact with her and told police officers than his DNA would not be found on the woman.

A DNA analysis by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified semen and found a Y-chromosomal profile matching Jones.